Knox City Police Department to Purchase New Vehicle, Sell Surplus Vehicle

The Knox City Police Department will be getting a new police vehicle.

Police Chief Harold Smith asked the Knox Board of Works members Wednesday morning for permission to purchase a new 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe from a South Bend dealership.

He said the vehicle will hold its value longer and it’s a better vehicle.  Mayor Dennis Estok echoed Smith’s comments saying that the police department has been going with that brand of vehicle and believes it will last longer than the current Dodge vehicles on the fleet. 

With this purchase, Smith hopes to replace a 2009 Dodge Charger patrol vehicle with about 127,000 miles on it. 

The purchase price is $37,400 which is a savings of $9,934 with a government discount. 

The board members approved a motion to approve the purchase and encumber about $19,000 from this year’s budget to help finalize funding for the purchase in 2020. 

As part of that motion, the board members also agreed to declare a 2014 Dodge Avenger as surplus as Chief Smith says his department doesn’t use it.  It will be sold.

The board members approved the motion with a unanimous vote.